HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A mainland company is promising to sell hundreds of tickets to two Garth Brooks concerts at the Blaisdell Arena even before they officially go on sale, but consumer advocates suspect a scam.
"If anyone is looking to purchase a ticket online at this point in time, they have to be extremely cautious," said Gregory Dunn, CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii.
In a highly-anticipated concert, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will perform for the first time in Hawaii at the Blaisdell Arena on Dec. 10. The event is in support of the 75th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Tickets don't go on sale until Saturday for $69 plus a small service fee.
But already, some ticket sites such as Stubhub.com are listing seats for sale starting at $175 all the way up to $2,500.
Concert organizer Ron Gibson Entertainment said in a statement, ""This is an unauthorized site and they certainly don't have access to tickets yet."
Hawaii News Now was alerted to the potential scam by viewers who saw tickets listed online.
"I think they are a scam," said Maui resident SeaRay Beltran. "I'm worried that people are going to try to get these tickets and they think they're going to get the front rows ... and then find out that they have to line up like everybody else."
The Better Business Bureau of Hawaii said it has fielded dozens of inquiries from local Garth Brooks fans.
The BBB also said it traced the suspicious tickets to a website called NealBlaisdellCenter.com. It's made to look like the official website for the Blaisdell (whose actual address is blaisdellcenter.com), but it's actually owned by a Connecticut company called Ticket Magic.
On the fake website, tickets for other shows were also on sale, including for a Mariah Carey concert in November. And the website included a "disclaimer," which says the company is not "affiliated or owned" by Garth Brooks, the city, or the Neal Blaisdell Center.
Dunn said the biggest red flag is that the company shows as being out of business.
"If this is truly a scam website, then it would fall under federal ... wire fraud."
Hawaii News Now tried to reach Ticket Magic, but the company's number was disconnected.